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Over the coming months, the full range will be available to purchase but we are leading the way with the ANMX range of Chilled Drinking Water Fountains. This is after Sadiq Khan’s idea to place drinking water fountains & water bottle refill stations across the capital (London) in parks and public places not only a necessity but also in a drive to help reduce waste.
“The mayor wants to see a reduction in the amount of single-use plastic bottles and cups across the capital and has asked City Hall officers to examine the feasibility of a pilot community water refill scheme or other interventions,” said a spokesperson for Khan. A million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute, and annual consumption is expected to surpass half a trillion bottles by 2021.
The plan has seen several companies already jump at the plan with Whitbread, which owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn the first to sign up to the initiative and will provide water drinking fountains or water bottle refill station in all of its branches from March 2018.
Launching the new scheme, Water UK Chief Executive Michael Roberts said:
“As an industry with a strong focus on the environment, we are passionate about tackling the problems caused by plastic bottles, which clog up rivers and drains and pollute our seas. By refilling water bottles, we can all help turn this harmful tide of plastic waste. This country has some of the best drinking water in the world and we want everyone to benefit from it. This scheme will do that by making it easier for people to refill their bottles wherever they work, rest, shop or play.”
Drinking water fountains, chilled water bottle refill stations and chilled water coolers provide fresh drinking water for frequently used public areas such as schools, hospitals, leisure clubs, offices and public buildings. Stainless steel drinking fountains are very sturdy and hygienic.
Are we going back to Victorian Times?
Are we going back to Victorian Times of does this shift in public spaces drinking water fountains actually improve our lifestyle? With childhood obesity on the rise, this is a step in the right direction in our opinion. The first drinking water fountain in London opened on 21st April 1859 in a corner of Holy Sepulchre churchyard in Snow Hill in London’s Holborn area. This was following the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858 as Victorian London had some very poor areas. Today clean drinking water in London is not the requirement but refilling plastic bottles is today’s clean water problem of the Victorian era.
Trading Depot have two chilled drinking water stations situated in its office and warehouse for staff to use. Both have no plastic cups and staff use reusable water containers.